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Image: The Sofia respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) point of care diagnostic kit (Photo courtesy of Quidel).

Rapid Diagnostic Test for RSV Evaluated

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common ubiquitous pathogen responsible for mild upper respiratory tract infection in most children and healthy adults. In infants, RSV is mainly associated with acute lower respiratory infections. More...
20 Jul 2017
Image: A new study shows important groups of bacteria are found less frequently in the gut of patients with heart failure, and the gut flora is not as diverse as in healthy individuals (Photo courtesy of Medical Xpress).

Heart Failure Associated with Depleted Intestinal Microbiota

It has long been known that heart failure and gut health are linked. The gut has a worse blood supply in instances of heart failure; the intestinal wall is thicker and more permeable, whereby bacteria and bacterial components may find their way into the blood. More...
18 Jul 2017
Image: The new PERiPLEX point-of-care test (Photo courtesy of Mologic).

CE-Marked Immunoassay Rapidly Detects Infection Biomarkers

CE mark approval has been given for a point-of-care (POC) test for rapid detection of infection in patients on peritoneal dialysis (PD), enabling early diagnosis and treatment critical for preventing infection-related damage to the peritoneal membrane. More...
17 Jul 2017
Image: A light microscopy of an egg of Amphimerus sp. observed in a fecal specimen from Ecuador, almost indistinguishable from some other liver fluke eggs (Photo courtesy of Universidad Central del Ecuador).

Assay Detects Fish Trematode DNA in Human Stools

Amphimeriasis is a fish-borne disease caused by the liver fluke Amphimerus spp. that has recently been reported as endemic in the tropical Pacific side of Ecuador with a high prevalence in humans and domestic animals. More...
13 Jul 2017
Image: The ImmunoDOT is a proprietary dotblot method reporting a semi-quantitative IgM titer for leptospirosis (Photo courtesy of GenBio).

Assays Evaluated for Early Diagnosis of Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a potentially life-threatening but curable zoonosis whose prognosis depends on accurate and timely diagnosis and because of its non-specific clinical presentation, laboratory testing is essential to confirm the diagnosis. More...
11 Jul 2017
Image: Toxoplasma gondii, the protozoan responsible for toxoplasmosis in humans (Photo courtesy of Science Life).

Toxoplasmosis POC Test Compared to Conventional Testing

Toxoplasmosis, a disease caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, presents a major health burden in both the developed and developing world. Untreated congenital toxoplasmosis causes damage to the eyes and the brain. More...
11 Jul 2017
Image: The new QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus blood test for latent-TB (Photo courtesy of QIAGEN).

FDA Approves Fourth-Generation Blood Test

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a next-gen assay for latent tuberculosis (TB) infection that combines breakthrough CD4/CD8 design for comprehensive immune response detection with flexible blood collection workflow. More...
10 Jul 2017


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